Frances Slocum State Park


Frances Slocum State Park consists of 1,035 acres in northeastern Pennsylvania’s Luzerne County. The horseshoe shaped, 165-acre lake is popular for boating and  fishing, and is a home to many species of birds, fish and wildlife. The many hiking and mountain biking trails and the large day use area attract visitors to picnic and explore the forests.

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Hiking   -  Mountain Biking   -  Picnicking   -  Swimming   -  Boating   -  Fishing   -  Hunting   -  Education   -  Sledding   -  Ice Fishing   -  Ice Skating   -  Organized Group Tenting   -  Camping


The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Picnicking: Picnic areas are available year-round. Picnic facilities include drinking water fountains, restrooms, garbage and recycling receptacles, charcoal grills and charcoal disposal pits. All areas are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Three ADA accessible picnic pavilions may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee. Unreserved picnic pavilions are free on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Swimming: The swimming pool is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, unless posted otherwise. A seasonal snack bar has fast food and beverages.


Boating: electric motors only
The 165-acre Frances Slocum Lake has two boat launches, two mooring areas and courtesy docks. A boat concession rents rowboats, paddleboats, kayaks and canoes.

Motorboats must display a current boat registration. Non-powered boats must display one of the following: boat registration; launching permit or mooring permit from Pennsylvania State Parks, available at most state park offices; launching permit from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

Complete information on boating rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Web site.


The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Fishing: The 165-acre Frances Slocum Lake is a warm-water fishery. Common species are crappie, bluegill, perch, catfish, muskellunge, pickerel, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, walleye and stocked trout. Ice fishing is permitted. An ADA accessible fishing pier is between Picnic Pavilion Three and the main boat launch.

Complete information on fishing rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Web site.


The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Hunting and Firearms: About 700 acres are open to hunting. 350 acres are open to archery hunting. 350 acres in the west side of the park are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, waterfowl, turkey, rabbit and squirrel.

Hunting woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, is prohibited. Dog training is only permitted from the day following Labor Day through March 31 in designated hunting areas. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Game Commission rules and regulations apply. Contact the park office for ADA accessible hunting information.

Use extreme caution with firearms at all times. Other visitors use the park during hunting seasons. Firearms and archery equipment used for hunting may be uncased and ready for use only in authorized hunting areas during hunting seasons. In areas not open to hunting or during non-hunting seasons, firearms and archery equipment shall be kept in the owner's car, trailer or leased campsite. Exceptions include: law enforcement officers and individuals with a valid Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms are authorized to carry a firearm concealed on their person while they are within a state park.

Complete information on hunting rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Game Commission Web site.


Hiking: 13 miles of trails

Bluebird Trail: 0.5 mile
This trail passes through field and mixed forest habitats in the northern portion of the park.

Buck and Doe Trails: 0.8 mile and 0.3 mile
While skirting stone walls and old fields and passing through stands of pines, these trails connect to Maconaquah Trail in several places.

Campground Trail: 1 mile
Campers can access this trail from the Stony Point parking lot or from behind the Organized Group Tenting Area. A short stretch of Campground Trail follows Larch Tree Trail.

Deer Trail: 3.2 miles
This trail starts at the environmental interpretive center and passes through a diversity of habitats including lakeshore, thicket, hemlock stand, mixed forest, marsh and hardwood forest.

Upper Deer Trail: 0.6 mile
This trail parallels Deer Trail through a mixed hardwood hillside.

Frances Slocum Trail: 0.7-mile
This loop trail begins and ends at the boat rental parking lot. On this trail hikers can see beautiful forests and the rock shelter where American Indians temporarily held their small captive (Frances Slocum).

Hilltop Loop Trail: orange blazes, 0.7 mile
The trailhead is on Green Road. Hilltop Trail is the starting point to access all trails on the western side of the park or can be hiked as a short loop.

Lakeshore Trail: 1.4-mile
This trail begins at the Campground Road bridge or the Big Pines Picnic Area and follows the lake shore. It is popular with shore anglers.

Larch Tree Trail: 2 miles
This hilly trail loops around the northeast corner of the park and through a large stand of larch trees.

Macanaquah Trail: 2.5 miles
This trail begins and ends on Carverton Road and intersects other trails.


Mountain Biking: 4 miles of trails
Over four miles of trails are available in the western part of the park. Trails range in difficulty from easiest to more difficult. Bikers should respect other riders and hikers when using designated trails. All mountain biking trails are designated with red blazes.


Stay the Night


The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Camping: flush toilets, warm showers, electric hook-ups
A 100-site campground, with 15 walk-in tent sites, and 85 tent or trailer sites (some ADA accessible and some with electric hookups), is available from the second Friday in April through the third Sunday in October. Each site contains a picnic table and fire ring. Flush toilets, showers, drinking water, sanitary dump station and boat launch are available. Pets are permitted on designated sites.

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Free Camping for Campground Hosts: 1 host position
The campground host sites amenities include 30 and 50-amp electric service, with water and sewer hookup. Contact the park office for additional information and availability.


Organized Group Tenting: Organized groups can rent this modern area, which can accommodate up to 40 people. The camping area has drinking water, fire rings, picnic tables, flush toilets and shower facilities.

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Winter Activities


Explore the Winter Report for the current snow and ice depths. The lake ice thickness is not monitored. For your safety, be sure the ice is at least four inches thick and carry safety equipment.


Cross-country Skiing: When conditions permit, the campground road and day-use areas are popular for skiing.


Sledding: A good slope is west of the swimming pool.


Ice Fishing: Ice fishing is permitted on the entire lake.


Ice Skating: When conditions permit, ice skating is permitted on the frozen lake.


Environmental Education and Interpretation


Natural, cultural, historical and recreational programs are conducted by a park environmental educator from March through November. The park provides environmental education and interpretive programs that usually begin at the campground amphitheater from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

Curriculum-based environmental education programs and teacher workshops are available to area schools.

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Patrick J. Solano Environmental Education Center


The environmental education center sits near Frances Slocum Lake in the day use area. The building features exhibits on American Indians and the ecology of the park. Programs are offered from March to November.

The center is named for Patrick Solano, who served as deputy secretary for Parks and Forests with the former Department of Environmental Resources and as the acting secretary when the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources was created in 1995. Mr. Solano has held many prestigious positions, including senior counselor to two governors and a senate majority leader.

During World War II, Mr. Solano completed 23 combat missions with the Eighth U.S. Air Force Heavy Bombardment Group. For his service, he was awarded the Group Presidential Citation, the Air Force Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, and the European Combat Theatre Medal with two Bronze Stars.


Access for People with Disabilities


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